About Abel Pienaar
Dr Abel Pienaar is a South African philosopher and author. Having completed his BA and BD in Theology at the University of Pretoria, Abel began his professional journey as a fulltime Minister of Theology in the Dutch Reformed Church, in Pretoria. During this time, he completed numerous counselling and mentoring courses and was part of an active counselling practice, which he continues to this day. His field of focus was spiritual, emotional, relationship and grief counselling. He also practised centring prayer, a Christian form of meditation, and was part of an international spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities, called COSA (Contemplative Outreach South Africa).
After twelve years, he resigned as minister and pastor from the Church – a decision which led him through a time of soul searching and transformation. This brought him to a spiritual teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh (the father of Mindfulness) in Plum Village, in Dordogne, southern France. There he studied and practiced with the Zen community. Abel has now been practicing Zazen, a form of meditation belonging to Zen Buddhism, for more than a decade. He also studied Taoism and later translated the Tao Te Ching into Afrikaans. This brought him to life coaching:
“I’ve become more and more convinced that by helping and teaching others to reconnect with their power of calm, are in essence, my own path and destiny.”
He became a meditation and mindfulness teacher, mentor and life coach.